How to get started:
- Ask your supervisor if you can see the budget, every company has it set up a little different.
- Talk to others in the profession to see what average costs are.
- After you know your unit cost, start tracking it. How and why does it change?What are you performing well on and where do you need improvement? Make necessary adjustments to become more productive.
- Use the form below for a week, tracking the days quantities and hours. Next, fill it out multiple times for different activities.
How this process can help:
- It get's you to start associating cost with units and turns you from just a construction worker to a business man.
- It gives you a goal to beat! Set a goal on the next big pour to do it for .05 cheaper, or build a wall for 2.60 a CSF.
- If you can measure your performance, then you will know your worth. If you know you're the best, then prove it with numbers.
- Then the next time you ask for a raise, you have data to back it up.
Let’s start simple! Try tracking yourself for a week. Ask yourself, " how much did I produce today?", now times that by your pay. What was your unit cost? How about your crews? Take the high average and times that by how many hours you worked today, then divide by how many pieces. Look at the numbers!